Mediation can help you reach an agreement regarding your children and finances in the event that your relationship breaks down.
Mediation can help you achieve a more amicable settlement when separating, which can be reassuring for any children who are involved to know that you have reached an agreement together rather than fighting it out in court. In fact, the courts actively encourage mediation in all cases of separation.
Furthermore, mediation can be substantially cheaper than a court case. Reaching an agreement in the mediator’s office over the course of a few short sessions is quicker and less stressful than the court process which can take many months.
Mediation is where a couple, along with a trained mediator, work out how to split finances and arrangements for any children who are involved. The mediator is an independent negotiator who will help you reach an agreement.
Mediation is a voluntary process and either party can withdraw at any point in the process. It is not for everyone and for some couples it simply may not work for them, which is particularly true of cases where domestic violence is an issue.
After the mediation process, your solicitor will draft the agreement into something called a Consent Order. This is passed to the court to be sealed, which will make it legally binding for both parties. After that point, any breach of this Consent Order could result in court action.